Saturday, March 08, 2008

Daily Dose of Blairmont 7

  • 2501 Glasgow Avenue

February 11, 2008

This little corner building stands in the western part of JeffVanderLou, tucked away in the shadow of the sprawling contemporary manufacturing plants that have replaced a good chunk of the neighborhood. "VHS Partners LLC" purchased it in 2005.

It's pretty beaten up. An ancient and pealing coat of paint covers up its bricks. Glass block filled in its ground floor windows, and the remaining window openings alternate between old boards and broken glass. Whatever cornice it once had vanished long ago.

But it still has presence. The original cast iron storefront remains in place -- a vanishing rarity for St. Louis. A bay window, still with its original sloped roof, articulates what would otherwise be a flat wall.

Restored, it could be a remarkable treasure. Even a low-budget renovation could keep the building's remaining assets intact until a pricier rehab became possible.

No comments: